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What You Need to Know Before Homeschooling High School

What You Need to Know Before Homeschooling High School

Congratulations on your decision to homeschool – or continue to homeschool – your high school student! We all know it’s a life-changing journey, but it’s also a decision that can be fraught with insecurities. Those of us who have chosen to homeschool through high school have realized that attending a public or private school isn’t the best choice for our kids, and we’re willing to...

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The Dangers of Being a Perfectionist Parent

The Dangers of Being a Perfectionist Parent

As a parent living in a modern, American society, it’s not hard to get caught up in the struggle for perfection. We hear about perfect parties, perfect grades, and yes, perfect kids. Many parents set this unrealistic goal for their children, not realizing that a failure to achieve perfection can have a damaging effect on our kids and our relationship with them. There are many...

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3 Steps to Help Your Homeschooler Turn their Interest into their Career

3 Steps to Help Your Homeschooler Turn their Interest into their Career

A friend recently called me to ask about career options for her son — he’s incredibly interested in “weather stuff” and has been charting weather since he was about 10 years old, amounting to 6 years worth of detailed weather charts. My friend wanted to know what she could do to help him explore career options based on this interest. One of the inspiring benefits...

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Why Your Family May Not Need College Scholarships

Why Your Family May Not Need College Scholarships

The elusive college scholarship that promises a free ride to your teen’s top school is the dream of every hopeful parent, but how realistic are your teen’s chances of winning one? Many websites would have you believe that thousands of dollars in scholarship money goes unclaimed each year, but what you may not have noticed is that most of the sites making these claims are...

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How to Homeschool a Math Genius

How to Homeschool a Math Genius

Does your homeschooled child find math a breeze? Are you finding it hard to make math challenging and interesting? In some respects, homeschooling a math genius is easy — they love problem solving and can breeze through assignments. On the other hand, kids who are gifted in math may become bored or frustrated with work that just isn’t challenging enough. Here are some tips for...

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10 Ideas for Fun Family Goals this Summer

10 Ideas for Fun Family Goals this Summer

Life tends to move at a slower pace in the summer so there’s more time for long walks, picnics, naps in the hammock, and outings with friends. With fewer school requirements and extracurricular activities, summer is also a great time to reconnect with your family. Here are 10 ideas for fun family goals you can achieve this summer. 1. Exercise Together Head outside after dinner...

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Great Summer Reads for Teens

Great Summer Reads for Teens

Summer is fast approaching, which means your teens can take a break from textbooks and indulge in some reading for growth and personal development. The following books have meant a lot to our family, and they’re perfect for an afternoon in the hammock or a day at the beach! Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – What makes high-achievers different from their peers? According to Malcolm Gladwell,...

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How to Keep Your Teen Interested (and Engaged) in High School at Home

How to Keep Your Teen Interested (and Engaged) in High School at Home

We’ve talked before about how the thought of homeschooling our teens through high school can be intimidating. The coursework may be tougher and take more planning than we’ve been used to, but there are some huge benefits to homeschooling through these years. One key to success is keeping our teens interested and engaged, so here’s a few tips that we’ve learned over the years. Create...

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How to Help Your Teen Land Their First Summer Job

How to Help Your Teen Land Their First Summer Job

Is your teen ready to start earning a little extra cash this summer? More than 2.1 million young people, ages 16 to 24 held summer jobs in 2015, and that number is expected to rise a bit this year. Summer jobs are great for teens because they help teach responsibility and they are a great way to start saving for the future. Here are some...

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How to Turn Your Non-Reader into a Reader

How to Turn Your Non-Reader into a Reader

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis As a homeschooling parent, you already know how important reading is. It readily opens doors to adventure, learning, and creativity. But a love of reading doesn’t always come naturally. It needs to be nurtured and developed over time, and it starts with you. Here...

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20 Ways Parents Can Prepare Their High Schoolers for College

20 Ways Parents Can Prepare Their High Schoolers for College

As parents, we want the best for our children. As we help our children start earning college credit in high school or get ready to graduate, it can be difficult to know just how to prepare them for the challenges ahead. No matter what level of high school or college level achievement your student has attained, these twenty tips will help your student start college...

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How to Go from Writing at a High School Level to Writing at a College Level

How to Go from Writing at a High School Level to Writing at a College Level

Most high school students spend years preparing for college, especially when it comes to writing. No matter how perfect your sentence structure, grammar, and vocabulary, you may still find that college-level writing is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before and nothing like you’ve prepared for. If you’re finding the transition difficult, you’re not alone. Obviously, standards are a bit higher at the college-level, but there’s...

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